38 Studios owner Curt Schilling revealed in an interview with Boston Magazine that the MMO the now-defunct developer was working on had more-or-less died on the vine, and that Take 2 Interactive was about to sign a deal to publish Kingdoms of Amalur 2 when Rhode Island gov Lincoln Chaffee dropped the bombshell that destroyed the company.
According to Schilling, Project Copernicus "wasn't fun", stating that during the last year of development no one around the office was playing it, partly due to laggy combat.
As for Take 2, Schilling claimed that the publisher was a day away from agreeing to publish a sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, just as Chaffee went public with the studio's lateness in paying back part of the $75M state load. "There was a concerted effort to make this not succeed," Schilling complained.
Take 2 denied this claim.
The former major league baseball pitcher also stated that despite the MMO's woes, the studio was close to signing a deal with Nexon and another Chinese MMO publisher, but both deals never came to fruition.